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Deutzia x rosea

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
DOO-zee-uh RO-zay-uh
Description

Rose Deutzia is a compact, rounded, hybrid, deciduous shrub. It is multi-stemmed with arching branches and dark green foliage. Clusters of pale pink flowers bloom in late spring. The shrub size is 2 to 3 feet tall and equally as wide. It is a member of the Hydrangeaceae or hydrangea family.

This hybrid resulted from the cross between Deutzia gracilis and Deutzia purpurascens. A cultivar for this hybrid is 'Carminea' which has blush pink flowers and buds. 'Nikko Blush' resulted from the cross between Deutzia gracilis "Nikko" and Deutzia x rosea 'Carminea' and has pink-blushed flowers in late April to early May.

The genus name, Deutzia, honors a Dutch amateur botanist from the 1700's, Johan van der Deutz. The hybrid name, rosea, means "rose flowered' and refers to the color of the flowers.

Rose Deutzia is easily grown in well-drained average garden soil in full sun to partial shade; however, abundant flowering occurs in full sun. This plant is low maintenance, but annual pruning is required to remove old dead branches and should be done immediately after blooming has finished. To propagate this shrub softwood cuttings should be taken during the summer. 

The leaves are dark green, ovate to lanceolate with toothed margins. The tiny flowers are 5-petaled, pink blossoms that are paler pink on the interior. They are borne on broad clusters along the stems. 

Plants from this genus are seldom bothered by deer. Rose Deutzia could be used as a foundation planting, in small groups, shrub borders, or hedge. 

Seasons of Interest:

Bloom: Late Spring       Foliage:  Spring and Summer

Quick ID Hints:

  • multi-stemmed, rounded shrub with arching stems
  • dark green, simple, opposite, ovate to lanceolate, hairy leaves with serrated margins
  • tiny pale pink 5-petaled flowers with paler pink inside the flower, arranged in clusters or panicles.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Rose Deutzia has no serious pests or disease problems; however, aphids and leaf spots may be seen. The shrub needs to be protected from late spring frosts.

Learn more about Deutzia.

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Carminea'
    White and light pink flowers
  • 'Nikko Blush'
    Blush pink flowers and buds, low growing
'Carminea', 'Nikko Blush'
Tags:
#cultivars#arching#showy flowers#deciduous#full sun tolerant#specimen#pink flowers#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#spring flowers#cottage garden#accent plant#multistemmed#deer resistant#foundation planting#hybrids#rounded#border planting#green leaves#woodland garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Carminea'
    White and light pink flowers
  • 'Nikko Blush'
    Blush pink flowers and buds, low growing
'Carminea', 'Nikko Blush'
Tags:
#cultivars#arching#showy flowers#deciduous#full sun tolerant#specimen#pink flowers#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#spring flowers#cottage garden#accent plant#multistemmed#deer resistant#foundation planting#hybrids#rounded#border planting#green leaves#woodland garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Deutzia
    Family:
    Hydrangeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Hybrid from a species that originated in Japan.
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant is seldom damaged by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The flowers are tiny pale pink bell to star-shaped and measure 5/8 inches in diameter. They are arranged in short clusters or panicles along the branches. Blooming occurs from May to June.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Insignificant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The deciduous leaves are dark green opposite, simple, up to 3 inches long, and 1 to 1.5 inches wide with pointed tips. They are ovate to lanceolate with serrated margins and hairy surfaces. The fall foliage does not have significant color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer